Sunday, September 02, 2007
We've got a vehicle here that lots of people who visit
are really amazed by. Built by the Foremost company in
Canada, it's called the Terra Bus. At McMurdo, it's been
nicknamed "Ivan the Terrabus". Aren't we witty?
It's a 55,000 pound, roughly 49 X 12 X 13 six wheel drive
monster that has a turning radius of 75 feet and it's top
speed is listed as 25 mph (although I think that might be
a bit of a stretch for ours). Plain and simple, it just
doesn't move that fast. However, someone posted a photo
on the I:drive the other day that has other plans for how
they'd like to see Ivan move down the road. Jet engines
and a large tail with wings included.
Apparently, this isn't the first time someone has had
delusions of grandeur regarding Ivan's speed. There's
been a hand-painted banner hanging in the MCC (Movement
Control Center) here for years with Ivan "taking off"
to parts unknown. Both images seem to be wishful thinking
as Ivan these days lumbers along at about 15 mph. But it
can always dream...
Posted by Tom Hamann at 12:05 AM